Commissioner-General's Secretariat

SUPPORT FOR CRIME VICTIMS

1. Police Support for Victims by the Police
The police are working to enhance diverse aspects of support for crime victims and their families, or bereaved families. The following are examples of  police support for crime victims and their families:

A. Benefit Payments to Victims
The national government makes benefit payments to victims and their bereaved families for serious harms caused by crimes.

B. Providing Information for Crime Victims
The police have prepared a brochure which outlines the investigative proceeding and their support system for the crime victims.

C. Reducing Victims’ Burden
Crime victims and their families not only suffer physical, emotional, or financial harms as direct results of the crimes, but also undergo a wide range of harms through secondary victimization. Police officers receive training on treatment of victims to reduce their burden. Police stations have rooms that are furnished, lighted, and decorated where victims can consult with police officers in a relaxing atmosphere. The police also provide many other support services for victims including accompaniment to hospitals or to courts upon request.


Special vehicle for supporting crime victims


Accompanying victims to hospital

D. Providing Counseling for Victims
To help alleviate the emotional injuries of victims, the police, in cooperation with psychiatrists and private counselors, provide counseling services for victims.

Counseling by police officers
 

E. Securing Safety of Victims
The police take various measures for protection of victims including enhancement of patrols.

2. Cooperation with Private Organizations for Victims Support
Private victim-support groups provide services including counseling and accompaniment to hospitals or to courts, and carry out public awareness-raising activities. The police and private groups work together in order to support victims and achieve their recoveries.

Policies for Crime Victims,etc.


INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

 1.Dispatch of Experts
In 2018, a total of 1 long-term expert and 3 short-term experts from the Japanese police were sent to Indonesia to support improvement of the Indonesian police’s capacities to fight against crime by sharing techniques and know-how, andby introducing the Koban system.

The Japanese police experts were also sent to Timor-Leste in 2011 and from 2013 to 2015 to provide advice and guidance on community policing.



From 2011 to 2014, judo instructors from the Japanese police were sent to Turkey to train the Afghan police officers in a program hosted by the Turkish police. In 2015, short-term experts from the Japanese police were sent to Turkey to support training for young Afghanistan female police officers.

2.Contributions of the Japan Disaster Relief Team (JDR)
The Japanese police send out its officials to foreign countries in times of large-scale disasters as members of the JDR team. Since 1987, Japanese police officials have joined the JDR team on 16 occasions for rescue operations, and three times as members of the search support experts team or forensic experts team. Most recently in February 2018, the Japanese police sent out 2 officials to an earthquake-struck area of Taiwan.
 
Internatonal Disaster Relief Activities by the Jananese Police
Month & Year Country/Region Disaster Dispatched
June 1990 Iran Earthquake  6 persons
July 1990 Philippines Earthquake 11 persons
December 1993 Malaysia Building collapse 11 persons
October 1996 Egypt Building collapse  9 persons
January 1999 Colombia Earthquake 15 persons
September 1999 Taiwan Earthquake 45 persons
May 2003 Algeria Earthquake 19 persons
February 2004 Morocco Earthquake 7 persons
December 2004 Thailand Tsunami 20 persons
October 2005 Pakistan Earthquake 15 persons
May 2008 China Earthquake 20 persons
October 2009 Indonesia Earthquake 21 persons
February 2011 New Zealand Earthquake 43 persons
April 2015 Nepal Earthquake 23 persons
September 2017 Mexico Earthquake 23 persons
February 2018 Taiwan Earthquake  2 persons

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